Good morning! This is the final set of posts in the Lakewood at Home blog series. This has been such a wonderful way for us to delve deep into our philosophy and make it more visible for families in the community. We are excited to be returning to in-person school on August 5th. We are full for August, but have some openings in September. Here are our three final invitations for middlers.
Science Invitation: Experiment with baking soda and vinegar! There are lots of fun ways to experiment and observe this chemical reaction. You can make a volcano, or just observe the reaction in a cup! My favorite idea from the link below is putting the baking soda in a muffin tin or cups with food coloring then allowing your child to add in the vinegar with a turkey baster. Below is also a recipe for a cake featured on our blog that highlights this reaction as well! This is a fun science activity that works the senses and fine motor skills!
Cooking Invitation: Wacky Cake
1 ¼ cups unbleached flour
1 cup sugar
⅓ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 handful chocolate chips (optional)
1 cup warm water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
⅓ cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon distilled white or apple cider vinegar
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Get out all your ingredients and an 8×8-inch baking dish.
In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt and chocolate chips if you are using them.
In a different bowl, mix together the water, vanilla, vegetable oil and vinegar.
Pour the wet things into the dry things and quickly stir together. Remember what the baking soda and vinegar did in the science experiment? Do you see it happening here?
Pour the cake batter into the 8×8-inch pan and have an adult put it in the oven.
Bake for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Have an adult take the cake out of the oven and put it on a cooling rack or potholder to cool.
Cool the cake completely before having a taste.
Art/Fine Motor Invitation: Shape collage
Cut out simple shapes in a variety of sizes. Add some glue or a glue stick and a surface like paper or cardboard. Invite your child to create a work of art using the shapes. If you scroll down through this link, you will find examples of famous works of art that use shapes. These might be inspirational for your preschooler as they work with the shapes and glue.